JOHOR BARU: Pakatan Harapan has previously stated it is confident of wrestling 15 parliamentary seats marginally won by BN in Johor in the next general election.
The seats are Labis, Segamat, Sekijang, Muar, Ledang, Pagoh, Pasir Gudang, Pulai, Johor Bahru, Terbrau, Simpang Renggam, Ayer Hitam, Tanjung Piai, Sri Gading and Parit Sulong.
These are part of 26 parliamentary seats up for contest in Johor, from the total 100 seats offered in the Peninsular.
Nationwide there are 222 parliamentary seats currently.
At a glance, these 15 seat mentioned above were won by BN with around 10% majority.
Below the profile of these hot seats:
Two-term MP and Deputy International Trade and Industry Minister Chua Tee Yong defended the seat in GE13 with a razor thin margin after defeating S Ramakrishan of the DAP with a mere 353-vote majority.
In GE12, Chua’s majority was 4,094.
GE13 data shows that Labis has 37,714 voters, with 47% Chinese voters, followed by Malay 36% and Indians 15%.
This seat is held by BN heavyweight, MIC president and Health Minister Dr S Subramaniam.
The three-term lawmaker successfully defended his seat by defeating PKR’s heavyweight Chua Jui Meng in GE13 with a 1,217-vote majority.
In GE12, Subramaniam won by a 2,991 majority.
GE13 data shows that Segamat has 47,009 voters, with 46% Chinese voters, followed by Malay 44% and Indians 10%.
First-term MP and Umno Youth exco Anuar Abd Manap won the seat for BN in GE13 defeating PKR’s Julailey Jemadi with a 3,007-vote majority.
In GE12, BN’s majority was 9,867.
GE13 data shows that Sekijang has 43,066 voters, with 56% voters, followed by Chinese 39% and Indians 5%.
Three-term lawmaker and deputy minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Razali Ibrahim retained the Muar seat after defeating a PKR candidate Nor Hizwan Ahmad with a 1,646-vote majority.
In GE12, Razali’s majority was 4,661.
GE13 data shows that Muar has 48,208 voters, with 62% Malay voters, Chinese 35% and Indians 1%.
Three-term MP Hamim Samuri successfully defended his seat in GE13 by defeating Hasan Karim of PKR with a 1,967-vote majority.
In GE12, he enjoyed a 7,617-vote majority.
GE13 data shows that Ledang has 69,316 voters, with Malay voters standing at 53%, followed by Chinese 41% and Indians 5%.
Five-term MP and former deputy prime minister Muhyiddin Yassin defended the Pagoh seat defeating PAS candidate Mohamad Rozali Jamil with a 12,842-vote majority.
In GE12, Muhyiddin enjoyed a 12,581-vote majority.
The former Umno deputy president has since been sacked by the party before teaming up with former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad to form Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM), whereby he is the incumbent president.
It is also rumoured that Muhyiddin may not be defending the Pagoh seat.
GE13 data shows that Pagoh has 46,793 voters, with Malay voters at 64%, followed by Chinese 31% and Indians 4%.
7. Pasir Gudang
This is another seat that BN should seriously look into as the incumbent and first term MP Normala Abdul Samad only won it with a 935-vote majority defeating PKR’s Ahmad Faidhi Saidi.
The seat was previously held by Johor Menteri Besar Mohamed Khaled Nordin.
In GE12, BN’s majority was 17,281.
GE13 data shows that Pasir Gudang has 101,041 voters, with 47% Malay voters, followed by Chinese 38% and Indians 11%.
Another Umno stronghold, the Pulai seat was successfully defended by three-term MP and Deputy Home Minister Nur Jazlan Mohamed, defeating PAS heavyweight Salahuddin Ayub with a 3,226-vote majority.
GE13 data shows that Pulai has 100,490 voters, with 47% Malay voters, followed by Chinese (41%) and Indians (10%).
9. Johor Bahru
Interestingly, one of Pakatan’s targeted seats is Johor Bahru, which is synonymous with Umno and incumbent MP Shahrir Samad.
Shahrir successfully defended the seat in GE12 defeating PKR’s candidate Gen (R) Md Hashim Hussein with a 10,134-vote majority.
Despite the big majority, it was still miles away from the 25,349-vote majority that Shahrir and BN enjoyed in GE12.
GE13 data shows that Johor Bahru has 96,321 voters, with Malay voters at 51%, followed by Chinese at 43% and Indians at 5%.
Tebrau is one of the four MCA parliamentary seats in Johor. In GE13, first term MP Khoo Soo Seang defeated PKR’s candidate Choong Shiau Yoon with a 1,767-vote majority.
BN had enjoyed a 14,658-vote majority in GE12.
GE13 data shows that Tebrau has 90,482 voters, with Malay voters at 47%, followed by Chinese at 38% and Indians at 11%.
11. Simpang Renggam
This is the sole parliamentary seat won by Gerakan in GE13 before the party won the Teluk Intan parliamentary by-election later.
The seat is held by Gerakan secretary-general Liang Teck Meng, who is also the National Water Service Commission (SPAN) chairman.
The two-term MP won the seat in GE12 by defeating the then PAS youth chief Suhaizan Kayat with a 5,706-vote majority.
In GE12, Liang enjoyed a 7,853-vote majority.
GE13 data shows that Simpang Renggam has 40,143 voters, with Malay voters at 57%, followed by Chinese (33%) and Indians (9%).
12. Ayer Hitam
Another MCA seat, the Ayer Hitam seat is held by MCA deputy president and Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Dr Wee Ka Siong.
The three-term MP successfully defended the seat in GE13, defeating PAS’ Hu Pang Chaw with a 7,310-vote majority, who had since left the Islamic party for Amanah.
In GE12, Wee enjoyed a 13,909-vote majority.
GE13 data shows that Ayer Hitam has 42,913 voters, with Malay voters standing at 56%, followed by Chinese at 38% and Indians at 4%.
13. Tanjung Piai
Tanjung Piai was successfully defended by Wee Jeck Seng from MCA, defeating DAP’s Mahdzir Ibrahim with a 5,457-vote majority.
The chairman of Labuan Port Authority (LPA) enjoyed 12,371-vote majority in GE12.
GE13 data shows that Tanjung Piai has 51,875 voters, with Malay voters standing at 51%, followed by Chinese at 47% and others 2%.
14. Sri Gading
Deputy Transport Minister Ab Aziz Kaprawi of Umno won the Sri Gading parliamentary seat in GE13 after defeating PKR’s Mohd Khuzzan Abu Bakar, with a 5,761-vote majority.
BN won the Sri Gading seat in GE12 with a 10,874-vote majority.
GE13 data shows that Sri Gading has 44,816 voters, with Malay voters standing at 63%, followed by Chinese 34% and others 2%.
15. Parit Sulong
Two-term lawmaker Noraini Ahmad defended the Parit Sulong seat in GE13, defeating PAS’ Khairuddin A Rahim, with a 11,753-vote majority.
Noraini, the first Malaysian to be the chairman of Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) after being elected in December last year, won the Parit Sulong seat in GE12 with a 13,599-vote majority.
GE13 data shows that Parit Sulong has 56,896 voters, with 72% Malay voters, followed by Chinese (23%) and others (5%).
Source : Berita Daily